Francisco has a population of
805,000 in only 47 square miles.
This makes it the second most densely populated city in the U.S. after
New York. This is good for people visiting with dogs as it makes the
city very walkable. To walk from anywhere to anywhere else in San
Francisco you would not have to walk more than 7 miles. Most of the
visitor areas are within three miles of each other, however. San
Francisco is very scenic and has many hills some of which are quite
steep with sidewalks made as stairs. There is a lot to do for a visitor
with a dog in the City by the Bay.
San Francisco's Baker Beach
San Francisco is a city of neighborhoods where you can easily walk to
where you want to go. To get around town between neighborhoods you can
drive (although parking can be expensive), take the famous
cable cars or the MUNI buses or subways.
Dogs are allowed on all of
these, although they may require that you muzzle your dog. You should
have a muzzle with you when using the public transportation with a dog.
the larger subway trains that connect San Francisco with the airport,
Oakland, Berkeley and the East Bay only allow dogs small enough to be
carried. Since most tourists to San Francisco want a cable
ride, that is the choice we would take if one is available.
One neighborhood where tourists inevitably end up is the Fisherman's
Wharf area. There are little shops, patio dining and all kinds of
tourist attractions here. Dogs will enjoy walking the area with you and
can go in some shops and patio restaurants. Also nearby here is
Ghirardelli Square, famous for chocolate and ice cream. The Ghirardelli
Square Shopping Center also has a number of stores that welcome your
dog and dogs are allowed in the common areas. Usually, there will be
all kinds of street entertainment in this area as well as carriage
rides. Next door is the Italian neighborhood with shops and restaurants.
You can visit San Francisco's famous Chinatown with your dog
although it is a somewhat crowded area to walk. Also, there are very
limited options for outdoor dining so you may need to get food to go
here. Other activities in San Francisco for you and your dog
to walk the most crooked street in the world on Lombard St, view the
city from the hill at Coit Tower, walk the 3.5 mile Barbary Coast Trail
or drive the 49 Mile Scenic Drive where you can follow the signs. The
49 Mile Drive will visit most of the major sights in the city. Once or
twice each year you can take your dog to a San Francisco Giants
baseball game at AT&T Park but during every game there is a
gate where you can catch a few plays. There is also usually an annual
Bark and Wine Ball where people and dogs can party it up.
San Francisco has many dog-friendly
restaurants. Rogue Ales Public
House has a dog menu as well as food
and drink for the people in your party. Cuisine choices at dog-friendly
restaurants range from organic and natural foods to hamburgers,
smoothies, fish and steak. One of our favorites is ice cream at
Ghirardelli Square. For dog-friendly shopping there are many choices
including the world famous Union Square district especially around
Christmas, Westfield San Francisco Center and Ghirardelli Square.
San Francisco has more off-leash
areas for dogs than almost any
city in North America. New York and
Calgary may have more, but there are a lot in San Francisco. There are
over twenty off-leash dog parks in San Francisco. For a large city,
there are a lot of dog-friendly beaches as well. Baker Beach in the
shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Funston and Burton Beach and
Ocean Beach are all dog-friendly.
hotels are mostly high-end,
expensive hotels in San Francisco
downtown and tourist areas. For a real bargain, you will have to stay
in the suburbs. If you want especially dog-friendly accommodations try
the Palomar, Argonaut , Serrano , Sir Francis Drake, Sheraton
Fisherman's Wharf or the Hilton San Francisco. If you have an RV, the
only place near town is the Candlestick RV Park near the stadium.
There are many nearby places to go for dog-friendly road trips from San
Francisco. Day trips can include Napa
Counties just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. There is also
Jose & Silicon Valley
and Berkeley. For overnight trips, three
hours north is Mendocino
and four hours east is Lake
Tahoe. Three hours south are Monterey
and two hours south is Santa